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Chapter 6

The next morning, Eric awoke to his clock alarm going off at 7:00a.m. He turned off the alarm and sat up in bed, He stretched out and then got up and walked into the bathroom to take his morning shower.

He turned the water on to a comfortable temperature and climbed under the spraying water. He sighed in satisfaction as he felt the warm water relaxing his tired muscles. He picked up the shampoo and squeezed some into his palm, which he then started working into his wet hair. When he was satisfied, he stepped under the shower again to rinse it out of his hair.

As he washed, his thoughts drifted back to Seth and wondering what he was doing, this morning.

Meanwhile, at the Lombardo residence, Seth's day had begun, long before Eric had woken up. He had just finished feeding the chickens, and gathering their eggs, in a basket which he took in to his mother to wash, so she could prepare breakfast.

Deborah was already awake and in the kitchen, getting out the supplies needed to start breakfast, when Seth came in, carrying the basket of freshly laid eggs.

"Good morning, Honey!" She greeted him.

"Good morning, Mom." Seth said, with a smile on his face. "Here are the fresh eggs you wanted."

"Thank you, Sweetie." She said. "Sit them on the counter, by the sink, and I'll wash them, in a few minutes."

"Sure." Seth said. He walked over to the counter and set the basket of eggs down. Then he looked back at her. "Is there anything else you need?"

Deborah thought about it for a second, and then realized there was something else that she needed.

"Actually, yes." Deborah said. She grabbed another large basket from the kitchen table, and handed it to him. "Would you please go out to the orchard and pick some fresh peaches, so I can make a peach pie for dessert later?" And also some apples as well in case I decide to make an apple pie, too, as well as have some fruit to eat with breakfast.

"You got it, Mom." Seth said, taking the basket from her. "Do we need any milk?"

Deborah shook her head.

"No Honey, I checked already." She told him. "I have enough milk to serve for breakfast, and to make the pie, so you can wait until you pick all the fruit in the orchard that I need, before you milk the cows."

"Cool." Seth said. "I'll get right on it."

As Seth walked toward the door, Deborah called out to him.

"Oh, Seth, honey?!"

Seth turned around and looked at her, his eyebrows raised.

"Yeah, Mom?" He asked. Deborah smiled at him.

"Have you talked to Eric yet, this morning?"

Seth shook his head.

"Not yet." He said, then frowned. "Why?"

"Well, I was wondering if you'd heard anything back from him about whether or not, he can take the job here on the farm." Deborah said.

"I haven't heard a word from him about that, yet." Seth replied. Then he looked at his watch.

"Besides," He continued saying. "It's only 7:15a.m. so he's probably just getting up now to get ready for his classes."

"Oh." Deborah said, remembering that fact. "That's right! I didn't even think about the fact that he may have had classes this morning."

Seth nodded. Then he thought of something.

"I'll send him a text message and see if he answers back." Seth said, pulling his phone out of his pocket. He pulled up his Text history with Eric and started tapping away at his phone.

Back at the University, Eric, who has just gotten out of the shower, with a towel wrapped around his waist, was walking towards his bed, when he heard his phone beep. He picked it up and saw that it was a text message from Seth.

Seth: "Good morning, Eric! When do you talk to the Dean about your job, on the farm?"

Eric smiled. He was glad to hear from Seth. He started tapping at his phone.

Eric: "I have only one class today. It starts at 8:00a.m. I will talk to the Dean, around 9:00a.m. so I'll message you back as soon as I know anything."

Eric finished writing the text and sat his phone back down on the bedside dresser. He then walked to his other dresser and opened one of the drawers, pulling out a pair of CK boxer briefs, and a pair of white socks. He walked back over to the bed and removed his towel, so he could put them on.

Just as he was pulling up his underwear, he heard his phone beep again. He picked it up and looked at it. Seth's message read:

"Ok, I'll talk to you soon."

Eric texted him good-bye and sat his phone back down so he could finish getting dressed. He put his socks on and then walked to his closet to pick out the clothes he was going to wear for the day. He decided on some beige khaki pants and a button up shirt. At least until his classes were done. He certainly wasn't going to work on the Lombardo farm in any of his good quality clothes.

He put on his good clothes and sat back down on his bed. He thought about his moment with Seth last night, before he left the farm and that feeling he experienced, came back to him, like it was happening all over again.

"Every time, I think about what happened with Seth, last night,  my body gets this same feeling that I'm feeling right now." Eric said, to himself. "What is it? I don't think it's just my attraction to him. It's something else."

As Eric was thinking it over, he heard a soft knock on his door. He walked over to it and opening it. He was shocked to see Amy standing there, looking at him.

"Hey!" Eric greeted her, then frowned. "What are you doing here? I thought we weren't going to see each other until classes were done for the day?"

"I decided I couldn't wait until then." Amy said to him. "May I come in?"

"Yeah, sure." Eric replied, stepping aside to let her in.

Amy walked into the room and took a seat on Eric's bed. Eric shut the door and turned to face her.

"So," Amy began saying. "Are you going to tell me how things went yesterday? Did you get the job?"

Eric grinned and sat down beside her on his bed. He had so much to tell her.

"Yes." He said, then added. "But that's not even the best part. You're not going to believe who was hiring for that job."

Now, Amy was definitely intrigued, and she wanted to hear more.

"Who?" She asked.

Eric knew that she was going to be blown away by his revelation.

"Would you believe, the same guy I told you about that I bumped into at Whole Foods?"

Amy's eyes grew as big as saucers. Then she was grinning profusely.

"NO?!" She exclaimed, in disbelief. "That Seth guy? With the big muscles?"

"Yep." Eric said, smiling from ear to ear. "His name is Seth Lombardo and the job as a Farmer's Helper, is taking place at his family's farm."

Amy jumped up and hugged Eric, excitedly.

"Oh my God, Eric!" She gushed, as Eric put his arms around her and hugged her back. "I'm so happy for you!"

"Thank you." Eric said, grinning. " You have no idea how happy I am to have found him again."

Eric released Amy and she pulled back and looked into his face.

"Didn't I tell you that fate would decide when you two would meet again?" She said, that happy grin still on her face.

"Yeah." Eric said, still smiling. "And you were right."

"So, what else happened?" Amy asked. "You were gone all day, yesterday?"

Eric told her about how he had met Seth again and how Seth had invited him to go on a horseback ride when Eric had said how much he loved horses and how long it'd been since he had ridden a horse. Amy sat back and listened, as Eric told her how he and Seth had ridden to the fields and talked more about the job, and then when he came to the part where he had flexed his bicep for Seth, when he asked, and then Seth had flexed for him, Amy raised her eyebrows at that.

"He actually flexed for you?" She asked. When Eric said "Yes" she then asked. "What did they feel like?"

Eric could not keep from smiling like a kid in a candy shop, at that moment.

"Amy, his biceps felt amazing!" Eric gushed. "They were so hard, so defined, so huge! So perfect! And I couldn't stop feeling them. And the weird thing is that Seth didn't seem to mind. I almost got the feeling that he might have been enjoying it."

"Maybe he was." Amy replied. "Did you ask him what his sexual orientation was?"

"No." Eric told her. "That never came up."

"Well, why not?" Amy asked, frowning. "Eric you'll never know unless you ask him."

Eric knew she was right, but he also knew that he couldn't just ask that question, that soon, since he'd only known Seth for barely a day.

"I know, Amy." Eric said to her. "But I can't ask him this soon. He's going to be my boss now, since I'll be working for him, and that's a conflict of interest. I feel like I should get to know him, first, as a friend, before we get into anything heavy."

Amy nodded. She understood Eric's dilemma. 

"And besides, I don't think Seth knows that I'm gay." Eric then said to her.

"Oh I'm sure he knows." Amy said. "Why else would he have let you feel his biceps for as long as you did?"

Eric shrugged.

"Maybe he just liked the attention?" Eric asked Amy. "I mean don't most muscular guys?"

"Possibly." Amy replied, with her chin in her hand. " But I don't think that's all it was."

Eric shrugged again.

"Well, if Seth knows I'm gay, he hasn't said so, or even asked me if I am."

"Hmm." Amy said. She pondered over something. Then she said "Did anything else happen after the flexing? After all, you didn't get back here until late last night."

Seth smiled, thinking back to when Seth and his mom invited him to dinner.

"Actually, Seth's mother, Deborah, invited me to have dinner with them. And at first I refused because I didn't want to impose, but Seth was the one who assured me that it was ok. So I accepted the invitation."

"Ok." Amy said, starting to grin. "And how how did that go?"

"It went great." Eric said, enthusiastically. "Dinner was delicious! We had beef roast with carrots, celery, potatoes and onions."

"Mmm." Amy murmured. "Sounds delicious."

"Oh it was." Eric said. "And afterwards, Seth walked me out to my car and that's when we had this moment, between us."

Amy sat forward, interested in where Eric's story was going.

"What happened?" She asked.

"Well," Eric said. "We were standing by the car and I was getting ready to leave, and we ended up getting really close. And the way Seth was looking at me, it was like... electricity. I wanted him so bad. And for a split second, it felt like he wanted me, too."

Amy's eyebrows raised. "Did you two kiss?"

"No." Eric replied, shaking his head. "As soon as it seemed like that could possibly happen, Seth stepped back and said that I should be get back here and get some rest."

"Hmm." Amy murmured, thoughtfully. "Well from what you've told me, it seems like he possibly is becoming attracted to you, but probably doesn't yet realize it."

"Well, I think that's possible." Eric said. "When he had me stacking those heavy bales of hay, I took my shirt off, to test him a little bit."

"Wait, what?!"Amy said, suddenly. " You didn't mention that part, earlier. When did that happen?"

"Before dinner." Eric pointed out. "It was after Seth put the horses back in their stalls. He wanted to test my strength and see if I was strong enough to handle the bales of hay. I had to stack 27 of them in all. 3 rows of 9 and 3 layers high."

"And what made you decide to take off your shirt?"Amy asked.

"I was starting to get hot, and I thought if I was gonna show Seth a sexy body, It was the perfect time to do it when I get hot and sweaty."

Amy started snickering. Eric frowned

"What's so funny?" He asked, wondering what she was laughing at.

"I think you've been watching too many porn videos." She laughed.

" I have not!" Eric protested, trying not to laugh. "You just have a dirty mind!"

"Yeah, fine. Whatever." Amy said, between her laughter. "Anyway, did taking off your shirt have the desired effect you wanted?"

"Oh I think it did." Eric marveled. " He was breathing a little fast and he was staring at me, pretty hard."

Eric knew that he'd picked up on a few vibes from Seth. But what if he was wrong? 

"But Amy, what if I am wrong?" Eric asked, worriedly. "What if Seth is completely straight and I'm wrong about him?"

Eric felt his eyes starting to tear up. He knew that if Seth was indeed revealed to be straight, then Eric's worst fears would be confirmed: That Seth was too good to be true.

"That is something you will have to take into consideration." Amy said. "And if Seth really is straight, what does that mean for your friendship?"

"I will be disappointed as hell if Seth is straight." Eric said, as he ran his fingers through his hair. "But I think I could still have a genuine friendship with him, regardless."

"Well then, start with that." Amy told him. "Forget your sexual orientations. Just take time to get to know him and let him get to know you. Everything else will work itself out."

Eric nodded. What Amy was saying made a lot of sense.

"Thanks, Amy." He said to her, appreciatively. "You've given me a lot to think about."

"You're welcome." Amy said, with a smile. Then she asked. "So, when do I get to meet him?"

Eric remembered that he had to talk to the Dean later about his job working on the Lombardo family farm, and he figured today would be perfect for her to meet Seth.

"Actually, you can meet him, today, if you'd like." Eric told her. "I asked him if I could invite you out to the farm for a horseback ride, sometime, and he said yes, and that he'd like to meet you."

"Cool!" Amy gushed. "I love horses as much as you do, so it'll be great to ride one again. It's been a while for me, too."

"Ok, then it's settled. Eric said, and reached for his phone. "I'll text Seth and see if it's alright to come out to the farm today."

"Sure, go ahead." Amy said, getting up. "May I use your bathroom?"

"Yeah, sure." Eric said, as he tapped away at his phone.

Amy went into the bathroom while Eric texted Seth.

 "Good morning, Seth. It's Eric! Is it ok if I bring Amy with me, to the farm, after I talk to the Dean?"

Eric waited for Seth to answer. In about a minute, Seth's text can through.

"Good morning, Eric! Yes, you can bring Amy with you when you come by. I can't wait to meet her."

Eric sent a text back to him. Then he wondered what Seth was doing at that moment.

"Cool. Thanks. What are you doing right now?"

Seth sent back his answer.

"I'm in the orchard, getting ready to pick peaches and apples, so my mom can make that peach pie, she told you about, and she also might make an apple pie too."

Eric almost felt guilty for interrupting Seth while he was working. He sent Seth another message.

"Oh! Well I'm sorry if I caught you at a bad time. I can let you go, if you're busy."

In a few moments, Seth's next message came in.

"Don't be sorry, Eric. I'm never too busy for you, man."

Eric smiled when he read that message. It almost sounded like a romantic statement. Then Seth's next message appeared.

"But yes, I really do need to get this done. There's still a lot of work I have to do, yet. A Farmer's work is never done."

Eric sent his final text to Seth, just as Amy was coming out of the bathroom.

"Alright, man. Amy and I will see you later today. Goodbye."

Seth's next message came in.

"I'm looking forward to it. Later!"

Amy came to sit down by Eric just as Eric was putting his phone in his pocket.

"So what did Seth have to say?" She asked. Eric looked up at her.

"He said you can come with me, to the farm after I talk to the Dean about the job."

"Ok." Amy said then frowned. "What time do you have to meet with the Dean?"

"9:00 a.m." Eric told her. " Right after classes are over."

"Well, after your classes are over, and you talk to the Dean, you and I are going shopping."Amy said to him.

"We are?" Eric asked in surprise, then frowned in confusion. "What for?"

Amy's face took on a determined look.

"Well, if today isn't your first official work day, on the farm, then tomorrow will most likely be since you don't have classes tomorrow." Amy explained to him. "And if that's the case, then I'm going to make sure you make a good first impression. And it starts with looking the part, for the job."

As Eric was a listening to Amy, his smile broadened when he realized what she was saying.

"Ah, another way for Seth to take notice of me?" Eric asked.

"You got it, my friend!" Amy replied, smiling at him. "We're gonna let Seth see you like he never has before!"

Eric grinned, loving the idea.

"Come on." Eric said, getting up. "You can tell me more on our way to our classes. We're going to be late, if we don't get out of here."

" Alright, let's go." Amy said, getting up.

Eric threw his arm around her shoulders as they both headed to the door to leave for their classes.

Back at the Lombardo family farm, in the orchard, Seth was just finishing up picking the peaches that his mom had wanted. But just as he was getting ready to go to the apple tree to pick some apples, he saw one of the farm hands, coming towards him.

The man had dark brown hair and brown eyes. He was muscular, but more of a beefy build, rather than a bodybuilder build like Seth had attained. You could tell that he had built his muscles up from many years of farm work and manual type labor. The dark haired man, was in his mid 30s, and although he was a big guy, he had an even bigger heart. Seth had known him since he was 10 years old, so the man, known as Rudy, was like a big brother to him.

"Hey, Rudy." Seth said, extending his hand out to greet the man.

"Your mom said I could find you out here." Rudy said, as he shook Seth's hand.

Seth looked at him, concerned.

"Is there something wrong?" He asked. 

Oh, No, no!" Rudy said, shaking his head. "I just happened to stop up at the house to join you and your mother for breakfast, and she said that you were out here, picking fruit, and asked if I would come out here and see if I could help you out."

"Actually, there is something you can do for me." Seth said to him.

"Name it." Rudy said, without hesitation. "Anything you need, you know I gotcha, buddy."

Seth thought about what he wanted from Rudy. 

"Would you be so kind as to show our new farm helper, around the place? I didn't get to give him a good tour of the farm, yesterday, when he came by to try out for the job."

"Absolutely." Rudy said, nodding his head. "What's this guy's name?"

"Eric Shaw." Seth told him. " He's a student at the University of San Diego, and he wants to learn what it's like to work on a farm, since he needs to write about the experience for a college essay he's doing for one of his classes."

"Oh." Rudy said, in surprise. "I didn't think that you'd hire a student from the university. Is that going to be a problem?"

"I don't think so." Seth said, setting the basket of peaches down on the ground, momentarily. "He has to talk to the Dean and see if he can get the green light from the school to work on the farm. Since it's a dawn to dusk job, here, he might have to miss classes."

"I see." Rudy said. "And what if the school tells him "no?"

Seth had thought about that, himself. If it came down to that, he already had the solution.

"If that happens, I've already decided that he can work after his classes are over for the day, and whatever days he doesn't have classes, he can work the full days." Seth told him. "I see a lot of potential in this guy, and I think he will turn out to be a good fit for the job. Even if it's just temporary."

"Temporary?" Rudy asked, confused. Seth nodded.

"Yeah." Seth said. "He's only taking the job through the fall. After that, he's going to probably have to devote more of his time to his studies before the upcoming holidays."

"You might be right." Rudy said, with a nod of his head. "Well, Seth, you can count on me, buddy. I will do all I can to make the job training as easy for him as I can."

"Awesome." Seth said, then pulled Rudy into a quick hug. "I knew I could count on you!"

"Always " Rudy said, with a smile. Then, he asked. "Are you cool if I milk the cows for you, while you take the peaches to your mom?"

Seth thought about it for a moment, then remembered that he had to muck out the stalls and set those mouse traps.

"Actually, that would be great if you could do that." Seth said, to Rudy. "I have to clean the horse stalls and set a mouse trap in Eli's stall to catch a mouse that freaked him out, yesterday."

"Ok, I'll head back down now to the dairy barn and start milking the cows." Rudy replied.

"Go ahead, man." Seth said, reaching down to pick up the basket of peaches. "I still have to pick some apples and I want to make sure Mom has some extra, in case she makes an Apple pie, later."

"Alright then." Rudy said, turning to go. I will see you later."

"You too, man." Seth replied back, as he turned to grab the ladder to carry over to the apple tree.

He carried the basket of peaches over to the tree and set it down by it. Then, he grabbed the ladder and opened it up and set it in a place where the apples were their reddest. He knew he had to pick the most ripe ones first before they started to rot.

"Alright, back to work." Seth said, to himself, as he climbed up the ladder to start picking the apples.

As Seth was picking the apples, his mind thought back to yesterday, in the barn when Eric had stripped off his shirt and had been lifting those bales of hay, like they were nothing. Seth had literally been impressed by Eric's strength. Not to mention how nicely bulked, defined, and toned Eric's muscles were. 

"Fuck!" Seth said, to himself. "Why can't I get Eric and his body off of my mind? Why can't I stop fantasizing about him?"

Seth picked a few more apples and saw that he was almost out of room in the basket for any more. If he piled too many more apples in there, he would squash the peaches, which were at their peak of ripeness.

He got down from the ladder and prepared to fold it up. After that was done, he grabbed the ladder and the basket of fruit and was about ready to head back to the house, when his mind flashed back to the moment the he and Eric had, beside his car, right before Eric was about to leave for the night.

"I don't know why I'm feeling like this." Seth said, outloud. "But one thing I do know is that I really like the guy and I don't want to risk losing what could be a great friendship between us."

Seth started walking back towards the house. As he walked, he continued to think to himself, outloud.

"I have to put these feelings, whatever they are, aside, and just focus on teaching him how to be a good farm hand." Seth said to himself. "I need to get to know him better. Once I do then I can get to the bottom of what these feelings are and what they mean."

And what Seth would later come to realize is that trying to put aside feelings that you have for someone, regardless of what they are, is easier said than done.

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Later that morning, Eric re-entered his dorm room and closed the door behind him. He plopped down on the bed, heaving a huge sigh of disappointment, and put his face in his hands. His talk with the Dean, after he'd finished class did not go well.

"Man, I can't believe the Dean turned me down for the time, working on the farm." Eric said, to himself. " Now, what am I going to tell Seth?"

When Eric had talked to the Dean of the University, The Dean had basically told him that with all the classes he was taking, that he couldn't afford to miss any classes if he wanted to graduate college. Although, the Dean understood that Eric's job, on the farm, was to to learn about running it, for his college essay, He had been concerned about how it might affect Eric's other classes and was worried that he'd fall too far behind at the most critical time of the school year. The Dean had apologized for the disappointment, and had said that he had no problem with Eric working on the farm, as long as he could work it around his college schedule. And Eric was not sure if Seth would be willing to work around his college schedule, although he had said that Eric's education had to come first.

"Well, I'd better go find Amy and let her know what's happened.

Eric got up and started for the door. As he was opening it, he came face to face with Amy, who was just about to knock.

"I was just coming to see you." Eric said, his face all serious.

When Amy saw his face, she knew exactly what was wrong.

"Oh no!" Amy said, knowingly. "From the look on your face, I'm guessing your meeting with the Dean didn't go well?"

Eric shook his head.

"No it didn't." He said, to Amy. "Although, he understands that my job on the farm is part of my college essay I'm writing about, He's worried that my other classes might suffer and I might fall too far behind if I miss any of my other classes."

Amy pulled Eric into a hug, which he accepted.

"I'm so sorry, Sweetie." Amy said, as they hugged. "I'm sure that Seth will understand when you tell him."

"I'm sure he will." Eric replied, as he released Amy from their hug. "The Dean said he has no problem with me, working on the farm, as long as I can work around my college schedule.

"Well that's good news, at least." Amy said. "Have you talked to Seth yet?"

"Not yet." Eric said, shaking his head. "I just figured We'd do that on the way to the farm to visit with him."

"That's a good idea." Amy said, then her face brightened. "But we're still going shopping."

Eric grinned. He and Amy had talked more about Amy's plan to make Eric more noticeable to Seth and Eric had loved it and was all for it."

"So we are still going ahead with the plan?" Eric asked her.

"Hell yeah!" Amy exclaimed. "We're going to have you looking like a new man in no time."

"Alright, let's do it!" Eric said, excitedly. "Are you ready to go now?"

"Ready when you are." Amy said, to him.

Eric went to grab his keys off the desk and he turned back to meet Amy at the door.

"Let's go!" Eric said, with a sexy grin on his face. 

The two of them left the University and headed towards their shopping destination.

Meanwhile, back at the farm, Seth was in the barn, with Rudy. They had just finished milking the cows, and both were preparing to take the milk buckets up to the house to put in cream pitchers to get cold in the refrigerator.

"Well, that went a lot faster than it would have without your help, Rudy." Seth said, as he and Rudy walked out of the dairy barn. "Thanks, brother!"

"Like I said, my man, anytime!" Rudy said, putting his arm around Seth's huge shoulders.

Rudy's eyes got even bigger when he felt the thickness of Seth huge traps, beneath his hand.

"Damn, Seth!" Rudy explained, lightly squeezing his trap. "If those traps get any bigger, you're not gonna have a neck anymore!"

Seth laughed at that comment.

Thanks for the compliment, man!" Seth said. "You've been there for me, all through my bodybuilding journey and I can't thank you enough for it."

"Of course." Rudy said, his arm still around Seth's shoulder. "I was happy to help you out with accomplishing your dream. Although, considering the fact that you were already a big kid from all this farm work over the years, it really didn't take you long to achieve your goal of getting bigger."

"You're right about that." Seth replied. "I was shocked how fast I was growing after I started taking anabolic steroids."

Rudy shook his head.

"Nah, it wasn't the steroids alone." Rudy said. "Your muscle genetics played a part in your growth as well."

"Really?" Seth asked, looking at Rudy, in surprise.

"Absolutely!" Rudy replied. "I watched your muscles grow and take shape while you were growing up. When you hit your teenage years, that's when your growth really started. Didn't you tell me, by the time you turned 16, you were the biggest kid in school?"

Seth smiled, remembering that. He remembered that he was bigger than all of the guys on the wrestling and football teams in high school. And how popular he was with the women. And the men, too, those who secretly envied him because of how good he looked and how built he was, as well as the gay and bisexual men, who were disappointed because they knew they could never have him, in the way they wanted, considering Seth never showed any interest in men, sexually, back then.

"Yeah." Seth murmured, softly. "Which is why I wasn't surprised when the school voted me homecoming king. I was that popular."

As Seth and Rudy came to the house, they stopped just outside the door. 

"I remember that!" Rudy said, to him. "Weren't you dating Evelyn at that time?"

Seth nodded. 

"Yes, I was." Seth replied. "She was the best looking girl, in school. It seems like such a lifetime ago. Its been almost 10 years since my sophomore year, of high school. That's when we first met."

"Speaking of Evelyn," Rudy suddenly said. "Have you seen much of her, since you two broke up?"

"No, actually." Seth revealed. "Last I heard, she was dating some other guy from high school, but I have no idea who it could be, considering every guy in school liked her."

After Seth had said that, the door opened and Deborah stuck her head out.

"Well, I say good riddance." Deborah said to him. "I never approved of that girl, Seth. "I knew that she'd break your heart, one day, because girls like her usually have several guys on a string, and love being the center of attention."

Seth frowned, and looked at Rudy, who was looking back at him with a wide eyed look, and an amused smirk on his face. Seth looked back at his mother.

"Mom, how long have you been eavesdropping on our conversation?"

"Seth!" Deborah said, with a warning tone in her voice. "I would hardly call it eavesdropping, when the two of you are talking right in front of the screen door where anyone standing within earshot, can hear you. I happen to be making lunch in the kitchen right now, you know?"

Seth grimaced, sorry at that moment that he'd accused his mother of eavesdropping.

"I'm sorry, Mom." Seth apologized. "I guess I'm still a little sensitive where Evelyn is concerned."

"You're forgiven, Son." Deborah said. "And I'm sorry, too. I don't take any pleasure in how painful it was when you broke up with her. I just think that you deserve better than that girl."

"I understand." Seth said, nodding at her. She smiled at him, and then looked at Rudy.

"Will you be joining us for lunch, Rudy?" She asked him.

"Yes, Ma'am!" Rudy replied, taking off his black cowboy hat, revealing his combed back, dark brown hair.

Alright." Deborah said, with a smile on her face. "Both of you come in and eat. Lunch is just about ready."

Rudy started to go in, but Seth hung back for a minute. Rudy turned towards him.

"Seth, are you coming?" He asked.

"Yeah, go ahead in and eat, man!" Seth told him. "I need to make a quick call."

"Ok." Rudy said, and entered the house.

Seth walked into the barn to check on the horses and to have some privacy.

He pulled his phone out of his pocket and dialed Eric's phone number. It rang about 4 times, then went to voicemail.

"Hi, this is Eric Shaw." Seth heard Eric's recorded voicemail say. "I can't take your call right now. Please leave a message after the beep."

After the beep, Seth began talking.

"Hey Eric, it's Seth Lombardo." Seth said. "I was just wondering how your meeting with the Dean went, at the university, since I haven't heard from you, yet. Please call me or text me back when you get this message as soon as you can. Thanks."

Seth hung his phone up and went to check on Eli's stall. When he did, he noticed that the stall was full of horse manure and definitely needed to be mucked out. Seth then walked over to Max's stall and checked his as well. Max's wasn't as bad as Eli's, but his also needed cleaned out, as well.

"That can wait until after lunch." Seth said, rubbing his washboard stomach. "I am starving."

He turned and walked out of the barn, and back to the house to join his mother, and Rudy, for lunch.

Elsewhere, at the local shopping center, Amy was waiting on Eric to come out of the fitting room, wearing the outfit that he had chosen to buy and wear when he and Amy went to the farm to meet with Seth.

"Are you ready, Eric?!" Amy called out to him.

"Yeah!" She heard Eric say though the fitting room door. "Just one second!"

"Ok!" Amy replied back and sat back in her chair. 

After a few moments, the door opened and Eric walked out into Amy's view. When she saw him, her eyes widened and her jaw dropped.

There stood Eric, dressed in a pair of Wranglers jeans, with a black belt, a blue and white checkered plaid button up shirt, which Eric had unbuttoned to just below his chest, revealing his entire pecs, and a pair of brown cowboy boots. And for the finishing touch, a white cowboy hat, the same style and look as Seth's, rested on his head. Eric looked good, too!

"Oh my god!" Amy exclaimed. "Eric you look absolutely incredible!"

"Really?" Eric asked her. "You like it?"

"Hell yes, I like it!" Amy exclaimed, then said. "Turn around so I can have a look at your ass in those Wranglers."

Eric turned around so she could look. And Amy was impressed that he'd found a pair of Wranglers that actually looked good on him.

"That's a great looking pair of jeans, Eric.". Amy said, with a huge grin on her face. "Your ass looks amazing in them."

"Amy!" Eric exclaimed, as he turned to face her. "Stop it! You're embarrassing me!"

Although, embarrassed, Eric was smiling from ear to ear.

"Why?" Amy asked him. " I'm just telling it like it is."

Eric took a moment to check out Amy's outfit. Like Eric, Amy was also wearing a hat, but it was a hat suited for a cowgirl. She was wearing brown boots with heels, some low riser boot cut jeans and a form fitting white t shirt with a red and white checkered plaid shirt on over it.

"Wow, you look great too, Amy!" Eric said to her. "I love your outfit!"

"Thank you." Amy said. "So, are we ready to make our grand entrance at the Lombardo residence?"

"You bet we are!" Eric told her. "Let's go! I can't wait to see Seth's reaction to my new look."

Amy and Eric walked to the cashier at the checkout counter to pay for their clothes. After paying for their purchases, they put their clothes they had on when they arrived at the shopping center, into their bags, in place of their new clothes, and headed outside to Eric's car.

They got into the car, and Eric started the engine.

"Look out, Seth!" Amy said, outloud. "Cowboy Eric is gonna rock your world!"

Eric started laughing at her, while also blushing crimson.

"More like he's gonna rock MY world, Babe!" Eric said to Amy. "If looking like this doesn't bring out the gay in Seth, I don't know what will."

"Hmm." Amy buzzed, looking at Eric with a smirk on her face.

"What's that look about?" Eric asked her, as he started to drive out of the parking lot.

"I was just thinking." Amy said to him. "If this doesn't work, then you do have other options you know."

Eric frowned, wondering what other "options" she was referring to.

"Such as what?" Eric asked. Amy cocked an eyebrow.

"You know what." Amy replied. "Get naked for him, again."

"What?!" Eric exclaimed, in shock. "Amy come on, I'm not the scheming type of guy."

Amy raised her eyebrows at that one. 

"I'm not!" Eric insisted, this time in a louder tone.

"Oh really?" Amy asked. "Then what was that whole "I'm gonna show Seth a sexy body" test of yours about?"

Eric rolled his eyes at that one, but even he couldn't help but grin at that question.

"You know what that was about, Amy." Eric said, as he kept his eyes on the road. "I was trying to get any hint that Seth may possibly be attracted to me or not. And all I got was him staring at me a bit too long and a bit of heavy breathing."

"That sounds like proof enough to me that he's possibly attracted to you." Amy pointed out to him.

"Even if that's true, I can't get my hopes up too high." Eric told her. "I have to remember that my work, on the farm, is temporary, and for the experience I need to write my college essay. I can't let myself be  distracted from that for a moment. I've worked my ass off to get through college and I'm not going to let anything, including my feelings about Seth, derail that."

"Eric." Amy said. "All I'm saying is keep an open mind where Seth is concerned. I know your college education is important, but what's wrong with wanting to find love too, in the meantime?"

Eric looked over at Amy, and noticed that she was looking at him, more seriously than he'd ever seen her look at him, before.

"Nothing is wrong with it, at all." Eric said, then asked Amy. "But why are you so insistent on me trying to find love now?"

Amy looked at him and prepared to give him, her answer.

"It's because I've never seen you truly happy with anyone before." She revealed to him. "You've never experienced real love from a man because of what happened to you, in the past."

Hearing Amy mentioning the past, Eric felt a sick feeling of déjà vu wash over him, at that moment.

"Amy, please don't go there." Eric said, swallowing hard. "I don't like to remember those times."

"I know you don't." Amy said. "And I know what you went through, so I'm not going to get into anything heavy, right now."

"Thanks, I appreciate that." Eric said to her, as he wiped at a tear that had started to run down his face. 

Amy saw that he was crying, and put her hand over his and squeezed it.

"I'm sorry, Eric." Amy said, the concern evident on her face. "I didn't mean to upset you."

"I know." Eric said, as he wiped away more tears that were falling down his cheeks. "I just hate having to re-live what that bastard put me, through."

"I understand." Amy replied, in a soft tone. "Maybe it's best to get it out of your system before we get to Seth's house."

"Don't worry, I'll be alright in a minute." Eric said, wiping away the remaining tears from his face.

"How much longer until we get to the farm?" Amy asked, not letting go of Eric's hand.

"About ten minutes." Eric said. "Let's enjoy the drive, since we're almost there."

"Ok." Amy said, sitting back in her seat. 

The two of them sat, in silence, for the rest of the drive, as Eric drove towards the Lombardo family farm.

When they arrived, at the farm and pulled into the driveway, behind Seth's truck, Eric shut off the engine and turned to Amy.

"So, are you ready to meet this handsome muscular gentleman?" Eric said, a cute smile on his face.

"I can't wait." Amy said. " I need to see what the hype is all about."

"Well, no time like the present." Eric said to her. "Come on!"

Eric and Amy got out of the car and started walking up to the house. Just as they were about to the door, Seth came outside, with Rudy. When Seth saw Eric, he stopped short, taking in his appearance.

"Eric?" Seth asked, looking him up and down. "Is that you?"

"Yep." Eric said, grinning. "If I'm going to be a Farmer's Helper, I thought I'd dress appropriately."

Seth laughed at him.

"Well, I like it, man!" Seth said to him. "You look good."

"Thanks." Eric said, smiling at him.

Then he turned to Amy, who was looking at Seth, wide eyed, her mouth agape, looking him up and down.

"Amy, I'd like you to meet, Seth Lombardo." He said to her, then turned back to Seth. "Seth, I'd like you to meet my best friend, Amy McAdams."

Seth extended out his hand to Amy, smiling at her warmly.

"It's a pleasure to meet you, Amy." Seth said. When she took his hand, he raised it to his lips and kissed it.

"You, too, Seth." Amy replied, smiling. "Eric sure wasn't kidding when he told me how muscular you are."

"Really?" Seth asked her, looking at Eric, whose cheeks were a bit flushed. "What else did he say?"

"Oh God!" Eric thought, to himself. "I know I'm going to die of embarrassment!"

"Hmm." Amy said, thoughtfully, then said. "He told me that you have big biceps, too."

"Well then, he told you, right, Girl." Rudy piped up. "20 inches the last time I helped him get a good measure on them."

Seth then introduced Eric and Amy to Rudy.

"Eric, Amy, I'd like you to meet, Rudy Gonzalez. "He's been working for the family for over 10 years."

Rudy shook hands with Eric, first.

"It's nice to meet you, Eric." He said, shaking Eric's hand.

"You too, Rudy." Eric replied, smiling at him.

Then Rudy shook hands with Amy. And like Seth, he also kissed Amy's hand.

"It's a pleasure to meet you too, Amy." He said, smiling at her, warmly.

"You two are such gentleman." Amy said. "That's rare to see these days. All i ever see on campus, these days, are drunken slobs."

Seth and Rudy both laughed.

"Yeah, well some of my friends are no different than any of those kind of guys." Seth said to her. "But I don't hang out with them too much, anymore since I got into bodybuilding."

Amy then remembered that she need to see Seth's biceps and get a feel of them for herself.

"Well, speaking of that," Amy said, then asked. "Could I see your biceps and get a feel of them, too?"

"Of course." Seth said, with a grin on his face. He squatted down to Amy's level and did a double biceps pose, like he'd done for Eric, in the fields, yesterday. Amy put both of her hands on his biceps and started to squeeze them. Her eyes got big as she felt how hard Seth's biceps really were.

"Wow!" Amy said, impressed with Seth's muscularity. "Your biceps are enormous and harder than rock."

"Thanks, Amy."

Seth was grinning from ear to ear, while Rudy looked on, in amusement, and Eric was frowning in confusion, wondering what Amy was up to.

Seth stood back up, but Amy wasn't quite finished with him, yet.

"But I'm more interested in that glorious chest of yours." Amy suddenly said, surprising not only Seth, but Eric and Rudy as well.

Seth looked down at his pecs, and back up at Amy and said: "You wanna feel my pecs too?"

"Yes, please." Amy asked him.

Seth shrugged.

"Alright." He said, unbuttoning his flannel shirt to expose his perfectly golden tanned pecs.

As Amy started feeling Seth pecs, Seth began to start bouncing them up and down. Rudy shook his head and rolled his eyes.

"Show off." He said, grinning at Seth. Seth looked back at him.

"Hey, I can't help it if people love my muscles." Seth told him. "Everyone wanted to feel my muscles in high school."

Eric looked on, in half amusement and half jealousy, while Amy was feeling up Seth's enormous pecs. How he wished he was in her position right now, feeling up Seth's body.

"Ok, I'm done." Amy said, letting go of Seth's pecs.

Seth rebuttoned his shirt and looked towards the house.

"I'm going to call my mom out here."

Seth walked over to the door, and called to his mother through the screen.

"Mom!" Seth called out to her. "Can you come out here, please? We've got company."

"Ok, Son, I'll be right out!" Deborah called out.

In a moment, Deborah came outside. When she saw Eric, standing there, decked out in cowboy attire, she stopped short.

"Oh my gosh!" She exclaimed. "Eric. Is that really you?'

"Yes, it's me." Eric replied, grinning at her. "It's nice to see you again, Deborah."

Then, Eric turned to Amy to introduce her to Deborah.

"Deborah Lombardo, I'd like you to meet my best friend, Amy McAdams. Amy, this is Seth's mother, Deborah Lombardo."

Deborah extended her hand out to Amy and they shook hands.

"It's nice to meet you, Amy." Deborah said, warmly.

"It's nice to meet you, too, Mrs. Lombardo." Amy said, politely.

"Please, call me, Deborah." Deborah told her. "I told Eric the same thing when we first met."

"Ok." Amy said, nodding. " Deborah it is, then."

Deborah released Amy's hand and then said.

Well, Seth, Rudy, and I just finished having lunch. She pointed out. "Are you two hungry? There's plenty of food still left?"

"As a matter of fact, yes." Eric replied. "Amy and I didn't have breakfast this morning since we had class, today. And we haven't had lunch yet."

"Well then, You two are more than welcome to join me, in the kitchen, to have a bite to eat. Deborah said. "And if you're hungry for dessert afterwards, I've made peach, and apple pies."

Eric's face brightened at that. He'd remembered that she'd said she'd make a peach pie for him next time he came by.

"I remember you said you were going to make peach pie, the next time you saw me " Eric mentioned. "I didn't think It'd be so soon!"

Deborah smiled.

"Well, I thought of you when I made it this morning, Sweetie, so I hope that you'll love it."

"I can't wait to taste it." Eric said.

"Oh, I can tell you, that both of those pies are delicious." Seth said, with a sexy grin, on his face. "I had two slices of both pies, and now I've gotta get in a workout to burn off all those calories."

Deborah rolled her eyes, yet had an amused smile on her face.

"My son and his huge muscles." She said, shaking her head, then turned to Seth. "Come on, Seth, two slices of pie is hardly gonna hurt you."

"Well you don't keep abs like this." Seth said, tensing his abs, "Or pecs like these by slacking off."

After saying that last part, Seth starting bouncing his pecs fast and hard, and made a funny face. When he did that, Amy and Eric burst into loud laughter, and Rudy ended up joining in, too.

"Seth!" Deborah said, in embarrassment. "Stop showing off like that in front of our guests!"

"Sorry, Mom." Seth said, chuckling, as he buttoned up his shirt to just below his pecs. "I really do need to get in that workout, anyway"

He turned to Rudy.

"Rudy, would you like to join me for a workout, in the barn?"

Rudy frowned, a moment.

"You really think I shouldn't be getting back to work?" He asked. "I noticed some fencing, near the fields that's in need of repairs. It's not that bad, but I think it should be taken care of before it gets any worse."

"Nah, it can wait, an hour or two." Seth said. "Besides, you need to get in a workout, too."

Rudy shrugged. "I guess I might as well." Let's do it."

"Alright!" Seth said, slapping Rudy's shoulder and lightly shaking it. "Come on, brother! I'll have you looking like a bodybuilder in no time!"

Rudy grinned, shaking his head, as he was turning to go, he then turned back to the others.

"Eric, Amy, it was a pleasure to meet you, both." He said to them."

"You too." Amy said to him.
"You too, Rudy." Eric replied, smiling at him. "Have a good workout."

"Oh, I know I will." Rudy said to Eric. "This big man here, works me like a dog, when it comes to the gym."

"Speaking of dog, where's Cole?" Eric asked.

"You know him." Seth said. "He's a working dog, so he's back in the fields, keeping an eye on the cattle."

"What does Cole look like?" Amy asked.

"He's a Sable colored Collie." Seth told her.

"Aww, he's sounds so beautiful! I love Collies!" Amy said, sweetly. "I hope I get to meet him, later. Is he friendly?"

"He's very friendly with guests." Deborah explained. " But if he doesn't like someone, which is rare, he'll growl at them, but he won't bite them, unless one of us commands it. Cole is a pretty good judge of character. I know he'll love you."

"I hope so."Amy said.

For a moment, there was an unspoken silence. That is until Seth decided to break it.

"Well, you two should get something to eat." Seth said. "Rudy and I are going to work out, so we'll catch up with you too, later."

"Ok, cool." Eric said.

"It was great meeting you, Seth." Amy said to Seth.

"You too, Amy." Seth replied. " Don't be a stranger. Anytime you want to come out to the farm, you're always welcome."

"Thanks." Amy said, smiling at him.

Seth nodded, smiling at her. Then his eyes, shifted to Eric, who was looking right back at him. Seth winked at him, then grinned, as he and Rudy headed towards the barn to workout.

"Well come on, you, two." Deborah said to Eric and Amy. "Come inside and eat."

Deborah headed to the door and went inside, with Amy right behind her. Eric followed.

As he got to the door, he turned and looked in the direction, of the barn, where Rudy and Seth were heading.

Rudy had just disappeared, inside the barn, and at that same moment, Seth had stopped, just at the doorway, and glanced back, at the house where Eric was standing.

The two of them locked eyes with each other. Eric could feel that warm sensation coursing through his body again, when Seth's eyes were on him. Just like he had yesterday night when they were talking by his car, before he left.

As he looked into Seth's eyes, he thought he saw what looked like desire, within them. Like he felt the same way, as Eric himself, was feeling.

Eric, with his mouth slightly open, glanced down Seth's body, then back up at Seth again, hoping that Seth would read him right. That Seth would feel what he was feeling at that moment.

And that's when he saw it: a small smile played on Seth's lip. He turned towards Eric and as Eric watched, Seth spread open his shirt a little more, exposing his pecs. He looked down at his pecs and started slowly bouncing them up and down, slowly and in a very teasing kind of way. After he'd bounced his pecs about 3 times, his eyes glanced back up at Eric and saw that Eric was looking down at his pecs, watching the whole thing.

When Eric looked up at Seth again and looked into his eyes, he noticed that Seth's smile had gotten bigger and he was showing off his beautiful teeth. Eric couldn't help smiling back at him.

But all soon, the spell was broken, when Amy shouted from the house.

"Eric, come on! What's keeping you?!"

And Rudy shouted from the barn.

"Seth! Are you coming?!"

"Yeah, Rudy, I'll be right there!" Seth called back to him.

"I'm coming, Amy!" Eric shouted back to Amy.

He and Seth looked back at each other. Eric pulled out his phone, and held it up to Seth, while pointing at it.

"Text me, later." He mouthed, silently, to Seth. Seth nodded, letting Eric know that he'd gotten the message.

After that, Eric turned and went into the house to join Amy, at the dinner table with Deborah, while Seth walked into the barn to join Rudy for their workout.

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The teasing game is this fic is strong and im loosing it. Im loving the slow burn of it all and how everything is coming togetehr.

Seth knows he looks good pumped and seaty so eh wants o push Eric over the edge a bit more and Rudy is no slouch he will look good too. Eric gonna feast his eyes with those two.

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7 hours ago, Ro20316 said:

The teasing game is this fic is strong and im loosing it. Im loving the slow burn of it all and how everything is coming togetehr.

Seth knows he looks good pumped and seaty so eh wants o push Eric over the edge a bit more and Rudy is no slouch he will look good too. Eric gonna feast his eyes with those two.

Glad you're enjoying it, Ro20316

Seth knows Eric likes his muscles, but doesn't yet know that Eric likes Bodybuilders. He doesn't yet know about Eric's poster of Jay Cutler, on his bedroom wall, in his dorm room. I'm sure if Seth sees the poster of Jay on Eric's wall, he'd know it for sure and that would open up a whole new ball game for him. 

We'll see what happens. I now have to explore Eric's back story of what happened to him, in his past, which could work towards bringing him and Seth, closer together.

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Great writing!  Great story development. I love the way you are taking your time.  Do I see a three way with Seth, Eric and Amy (or maybe a four way with Rudy) or am I just fantasizing?  They are so wholesome!  

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